Theoretically, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, so it's no stretch that the official theme for the 54th Annual St. Patrick's Parade in downtown Houston is ''We are ALL Irish Texans.'' (Real Irish Texans, for the curious, include firefighter Red Adair, golfer Ben Hogan, actor Matthew McConaughey and actors/brothers Luke and Owen Wilson.) The two-hour parade features some 100 entries of floats, beauty queens, river dancers, bands, jugglers, politicians and dignitaries. The Grand Marshal this year is the flame-haired Donna McKenzie, a mainstay on Houston radio airwaves for 25 years whose lovely tones sent thousands of young male KZKX and KLOL listeners swooning in the 1980s and '90s. After the parade, there's a bit of a party at the nearby Lucky's Pub, with awards for parade participants, a toast to NASA Commander Scott Kelly, and remembrances of Larry Joe Miggins, Jack Barnes and Sister Muriel Clarke.
Sun., March 17, noon, 2013